Timeless Tale, Fresh Palette: The Color Purple 2023 Unveiled

The Color Purple Review

In the vibrant cinematic tapestry of “The Color Purple 2023,” director Blitz Bazawule expertly reweaves a timeless tale. Starring powerhouse performers like Taraji P. Henson and the incomparable Danielle Brooks, this remake digs into the emotional hues of a classic. This re-imagination doesn’t merely replicate; it reinvents, offering audiences a fresh outlook on the lasting themes of love, resilience, and triumph over adversity.

As we settle in for this cinematic journey, it’s impossible to ignore the emotional weight of revisiting such an iconic piece of storytelling. The Color Purple‘s unforgettable impact on both literature and film history sets the stage for a thought-provoking exploration of how this remake navigates the delicate balance between homage and innovation. Let’s begin unpacking the layers of nostalgia and anticipation that come with remaking a classic, as we dig into a world where the colors are as vivid as the emotions they evoke.

The Good:

The Color PurplePhylicia Pearl Mpasi‘s portrayal of a young Celie is nothing short of phenomenal. Her performance anchors the film from the beginning and captures the struggles of a young woman in an abusive household. Halle Bailey and Deon Cole deserve praise for their roles as Celie’s sister Nettie and father Alfonso. Their performances showcase a lot of depth and add considerably to the movie’s emotional intensity. Fantasia Barrino‘s exceptional performance further builds on the foundation laid by Mpasi, showcasing compelling character development. Fantasia is handed the Baton as Celie and seamlessly proceeds to OWN the role. 

David Allen Grier‘s portrayal of a pastor adds a familiar yet excellent touch to the film. His performance in this role, though familiar, remains impactful, particularly in the context of Shug’s complex relationship. Taraji P. Henson anchors a lot of the emotional arcs in The Color Purple while also anchoring her own as Shug. The chemistry this entire cast exudes is thicker than syrup. There are scenes in which Shug interacts with her father and their emotions about one another explode on screen. The result is a silky-smooth presentation of one of America’s classic tales. This cast feels like family and it comes through in all of the meaningful ways in each scene. 

The Color PurpleThe musical adaptation brings a symphony of emotions through its powerful and provocative songs. Each musical moment effortlessly drives the story forward. Each note contributes to the film’s overall impact, creating a musical tapestry that enriches the storytelling. The soundtrack adds a captivating layer to the story, making the viewing experience both immersive and emotionally resonant. 

The camera work shines. The Color Purple showcases creative transitions that elevate certain emotionally charged scenes. One beautiful moment is seen early in the movie when the movie teases Shug’s introduction. The use of Shug’s photo on a nightstand sets a seamless transition to when we see our first look at the actual character in the film. Another particularly enchanting scene involves Celie dancing on a record player. It is just stunning to see this visual that’s not only creative but also serene. 

The Bad:

The Color PurpleWhile Colman Domingo‘s performance as Mister is commendable, there’s a missing edge that could enhance the overall tone of the character. The scene between Mister and Nettie early in the movie feels like it could have dug deeper into establishing Mister as an irredeemable antagonist. The film portrays instances of domestic abuse that, while powerful in conveying the harsh realities faced by the characters, lack intensity in danger. It’s a stark reminder of the challenges and struggles depicted in the story and its adaptation.

A more intense look at Mister’s character might have added layers to the narrative. There’s a missed opportunity with Mister’s father, played by the remarkable Louis Gossett Jr., to further highlight the generational trauma. Mister’s character just seems to lack a certain bite that could make him more menacing and endearing.  We see Mister try to pass that traumatic behavior onto his son played by the remarkable Corey Hawkins. Mister isn’t successful in fully impressing his son with his ways but damage is done. 


The Color Purple offers a gripping cinematic experience with a stellar cast and a musical narrative that tugs at the heartstrings. Despite some character development shortcomings, the film delivers a moving and emotionally charged adaptation. This version is sure to please fans of the book, the 1985 film, and fans of the play and is a triumph in storytelling.

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  • Plot/Screenplay - 9/10
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  • Watchability - 9/10
  • Rewatchability - 8/10
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